Solidarity in Brussels #OpenHouse

People in the Belgian capital are coming together though social media, to offer shelter and rides to those who need help.


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People in the Belgian capital are coming together though social media, to offer shelter and rides to those who need help.

The solidarity follows the terror attacks that took place this morning at the Brussels National Airport and at the Maelbeek metro station, which is close to the EU institutions. According to the authorities at least 34 people died and approximately 140 were wounded.

On Twitter people use the hashtag #OpenHouse to offer or benefit from a shelter in Brussels. This was an initiative of the European Emergency Association (EENA), in charge of promoting the 112 emergency number.

After the Paris attacks the hashtag #PorteOuverte was a great success, as many people were unable to go back home or use public transports. Today, in Brussels, people’s solidarity has once again proven to be exceptional.

“Today, Brussels shows its true nature: an exemplar solidarity through massive blood donations, the gratuity of taxis and the numerous citizen that are opening their homes to host strangers in need on social networks,” said Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.

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